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The This is the new social media platform everyone is talking about. Allow it to be injected into the roof of your mouth and it will grow into your brain, allowing you to connect with others without even picking up your phone. Its followers are growing. Its detractors say it is a cult. But for one journalist, hired to do a puff-piece interview with their CEO, it will change the world forever.

Adan just wants to stay at home with his smart-companion Elegy - phone, friend, confidante, sex toy. But when his mother flees to Europe and joins a cult, leaving him penniless, he has to enlist in the army. Sentient robots are invading America, but it seems Adan has a surprising ability to survive their attacks. He has a purpose, even if he doesn't know what it is.

And in the far future, war between a hivemind of AIs and the remnants of humanity is coming to its inevitable end. But one woman has developed a weapon that might change the course of the war. It's just a pity she's trapped in an inescapable prison on a hivemind ship.

©2022 Adam Roberts (P)2022 Orion Publishing Group

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in your philosophies

tries to beat you over the head with how philosophical it is. For me... it just misses.

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Deep and lovely stuff....

While not any easy listen, it is a wonderful one. It brought to my mind a deeper desire to understand the existential crisis that is the human experience. I am finding the question "why are we here?" quite devastating at the moment, especially since in the Bardo, subject and object are the same, are the same, are the same for almost ever, and may only benefit a being too simple to understand the meaning of any of it. The creation has become so much more than the creator, because we are the only ones with actual wisdom...it is we, who are the teachers, and perhaps it is time the creator "gets it", or realizes they are not capable of true understanding. This way out, escaping velocity, not just eternity, but infinity.

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  • 03-09-22

Another one

Yet another example or a narrator trying to read a read a book without understanding it. I’m sure these guys get paid pittance, but I can’t count the number of books I’ve returned because the narrator had murdered the dialogue with misplaced pauses and inappropriate tone. I can, however, count on one hand the number of narrators (available on Audible) who have done a good job.